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Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Washington St. Armory on 2005-12-04


Topics Live concert


DISC 1:
SET 1:
1) Just Another Whistle Stop>
2) Loose Lucy
3) Friend Of The Devil>
4) Big River
5) The Stranger>
6) Birdsong>
7) Cold Rain & Snow

DISC 2:
SET 2:
1) Warm Up
2) US Blues
3) Sitting On Top Of The World
4) The Wheel>
5) Jam>
6) Eyes Of The World>
7) I Know You Rider

DISC 3:
1) You've Got To Hide Your Love Away>
2) All Along The Watchtower>
3) Midnight Hour
4) E: Donor Rap/Intros
5) Not Fade Away


Collection PhilLeshandFriends
Band/Artist Phil Lesh and Friends
Venue Washington St. Armory
Location Albany, NY

Source DSBD - Official Release from www.phillesh.net (CDs mastered by Wizard)
Taped by
Transferred by

Notes

Phil Lesh, Chris Robinson (vocals, guitar)
John Scofield (guitar)
John Molo (drums), Mookie Siegel (keys)
Barry Sless (guitar+pedalsteel)

Source: DSBD - Official Release from www.phillesh.net (CDs mastered by Wizard)

Reviews

Reviewer: Aaron Hiatt - - September 14, 2006
Subject: What in the world is this?
How this particular group of musicians all came together I'll never know but it's very interesting to listen to. All hail Scofield.
Reviewer: GnarlyArmor - - February 7, 2006
Subject: JOHN SCOFIELD
JOHN SCOFIELD~ he graduated from Berklee around the same time as Frisell and Metheny, and is arguably the best prominent figure in jazz guitar today.

Now you throw him in the mix with Phil Lesh and Friends!?! Insanity! Who knows how Sco and Phil linked up, but these two shows could truly be once in a life events.

The amount of respect that Phil and Sco had for eachother was obvious, and this respect came out in their playing. One last thought I had on this show: as much as I love Scofield, and loved seeing him play with a quintessential jam band,his style definitely felt a little out of place at times. The best moments of this show were when the band really got out there, when everyone was participating. Noticing this, it made me realize that really good group improvisation relies as much in the creativity of the members participating as it does on the technical ability of the members. Infact, its fair to say that the virtuosic talent that someone like John Scofield posesses is not at all a necessity when it comes to improvising in this manner. I could go on forever about this, but I will spare you all of my rantings. Overall enjoyed the show, give it a 4 for sound and performance.
Reviewer: GnarlyArmor - - February 7, 2006
Subject: JOHN SCOFIELD
JOHN SCOFIELD~ he graduated from Berklee around the same time as Frisell and Metheny, and is arguably the best prominent figure in jazz guitar today.

Now you throw him in the mix with Phil Lesh and Friends!?! Insanity! Who knows how Sco and Phil linked up, but these two shows could truly be once in a life events.

The amount of respect that Phil and Sco had for eachother was obvious, and this respect came out in their playing. One last thought I had on this show: as much as I love Scofield, and loved seeing him play with a quintessential jam band,his style definitely felt a little out of place at times. The best moments of this show were when the band really got out there, when everyone was participating. Noticing this, it made me realize that really good group improvisation relies as much in the creativity of the members participating as it does on the technical ability of the members. Infact, its fair to say that the virtuosic talent that someone like John Scofield posesses is not at all a necessity when it comes to improvising in this manner. I could go on forever about this, but I will spare you all of my rantings. Overall enjoyed the show, give it a 4 for sound and performance.
Reviewer: vadead - - January 28, 2006
Subject: Joan Osbourne
In my opinion she's one of the best things to happen to this music in a long time. She gives the songs and words a freshness just as Phils other friends have done for the music. For all those who criticize Donna Jean, she was with Phil a couple of years ago and she was great!! Amazing what monitors can do for ones harmony!!! Joan was with Phil and the Dead, I saw several shows and have the recordings of those and several more. I think Jerry himself would have loved Joans treatment of his songs as well as the others. Joan never saved any Dead shows but she sure was a fine compliment to them.
Reviewer: ianbass - - January 10, 2006
Subject: Keep Singing Phil !!!!
This show was excellent - especially right in front of the stage. However, Jac is right about the Newark shows. However, Jac From Tucson doesn't know what he's talking about in regards to vocals. Perhaps he's confusing vocal tone quality with pitch. Phil doesn't sing "flat" - never really has - though maybe his tone is open to critique. However, the beauty of Phil's singing is that he actually sounds like the instrument he plays!! Some of us appreciate that, keep singing Phil!!!

I also respectfully disagree with Jack From Tucson's assessment of Joan Osbourn with the Dead - she didn't save those shows. Her vocals did not add anything to the harmonies - just kind of sagged in the middle with the rest of them.
Reviewer: Jac from Tucson - - January 8, 2006
Subject: Another great freebie from Phil!
Wow, this is what, the fourth free soundboard from Phil since the back-to-back shows in Newark? While the set list here isn't as juicy as the one from the free show on the 23rd (Shakedown opener, DS encore...what more can u ask for?), this is all great stuff. Too bad Bobby doesn't do some of the same. I think Scofield brings a new dimension to Friends and, while others may not like him, I think having a vocalist like Chris Robinson along really helps. Remember how Joan Osbourne saved The Dead tour back in the summer of '03? Every time the guys would get flat vocals, she'd slide in and save the day. Same with Chris on these Phil shows. I love Phil to death and while he is a world-class bass player, he'd be better off if he did his singing in the shower... (Sorry, Phil!) I love this show. Five stars. AND KEEP CHRIS ON BOARD FOR A WHILE!!!!
Reviewer: skwimite - - January 4, 2006
Subject: Something lacking
The sound quality is great, but try as I have, I just can't warm up to the various post-Dead incarnations. All the musicians are proficient, although I'm not a Chris Robinson fan. I find his voice irritating and a distraction. If you like Phil & Friends already, I'm sure you'll like this alot. Just not my cup of tea, but I'll continue to check in periodically. Thanks to Phil and the Archive for allowing this to happen.
Reviewer: RastaMike - - January 3, 2006
Subject: What a fine Show
Hey Now, I've been listening to this show the last few days. Wow! This is one best friends lineups Phil has put together. John Scholfield fills the lead spots with plenty of notes. And the choice of songs makes this a fine show. I'd reccomend this show to anyone who's a fan of the Grateful Dead. Somewhere even Jerry's smiling!
Reviewer: jpos - - January 2, 2006
Subject: Phil is Love
These Scofield dates are incredible. Sless, Siegel, Molo, and Phil have developed incredible chemistry over the years and make it easy for Chris Robinson and Scofield to step in and and gel right away. We heads are a pretty opinionated bunch. I have heard high praise and willful disdain for every guitarist, lineup and incarnation of Phil's bands. No lineup that I have seen or heard has yet to disappoint. Like the boys always had, there are nights that are better than others, but that goes with the territtory. All of these musicians deserve our respect and appreciation for the great vibes that they send out into the world everytime they play. Clearly the calibur of musicians that Phil attracts to this music is a testament to the genius of Jerry Garcia and the Boys.
Reviewer: DuaneJerry - - January 1, 2006
Subject: The Real Deal
If you want one of the great improvisatory guitarists alive playing with one of the great improvisatory bassists and rocking some of the great improvisatory rock tunes of the 20th century, then this show is for you.

This is the tops.SBD sounds quality and smoking solos and jams. No complaints (except I was praying for a DS encore at the show!)
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